House Freedom Caucus lobbied Trump for help in releasing FBI memo: report
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Top members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus last week urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE for help in releasing a memo alleging the FBI's political bias in wiretapping a former Trump campaign adviser, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. 

Reps. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsWatchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - A crucial week on impeachment Lawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing MORE (R-N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump, first lady take part in National Christmas Tree lighting The Hill's Morning Report - Dem impeachment report highlights phone records Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ohio), the chairman and co-founder of the conservative caucus, reportedly told Trump in a phone call about the memo and their plan to release it.

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A White House official confirmed the phone call but told the Post that Trump did not endorse the plan to release the memo. Others familiar with the conversation said Trump was apparently unaware of the memo. 

Another insider with knowledge of the matter told CNN that Trump was in favor of having Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTempers flare at tense Judiciary hearing on impeachment Overnight Defense: Bombshell report reveals officials misled public over progress in Afghanistan | Amazon accuses Trump of 'improper pressure' in Pentagon contract decision | House Judiciary holds final impeachment hearing Nadler dismisses GOP witness requests MORE (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, release the memo. The White House pushed back against the report, saying Trump hasn't yet made a decision.

Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary, told CNN that the president's decision will come after an extensive government agency review and national security review. 

Republican lawmakers led by Nunes have sought the release of the memo, which reportedly contains allegations that the FBI abused a surveillance program against the Trump campaign in 2016. 

Democrats have opposed the move, painting it as the Republicans' latest effort to discredit the FBI as politically biased against Trump. 

The four-page memo by Nunes reportedly says that both the FBI and Justice Department abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with its actions against the Trump campaign, challenging the evidence it used to wiretap former campaign adviser Carter Page.